Mandarin Immersion Summer Camp 2013

3rd year of the best-rated language immersion camp in Austin

A "no English" Mandarin-only immersive environment where students learn almost effortlessly

A fun filled cultural adventure with select educational and creative activities

Passionate and experienced native Mandarin-speaking teachers

Small size camp to ensure every student succeeds in meeting the learning goals

Session 1 - Legends Come Alive (June 10-14 & June 17-21)
From the whimsical and versatile Monkey King to the brave and intelligent heroine Mulan, your children will discover the magic and wonder of some of China’s most famous legends. Through storytelling and fun theatre skits students will have a blast learning Mandarin while getting dressed up, having their faces painted, dancing and acting out their favorite stories.
Session 2 - Chopstick Adventures (June 24-28 & July 1-5 / no camp on July 4)

Enjoying worldwide reputation, perhaps nothing is more impressive than the diverse, complex, healthy and delicious authentic Chinese cuisine. This is one of our most popular sessions each year as students learn Mandarin while playing, cooking and learning the stories behind traditional foods like dumplings, noodles and rice pyramids.

Session 3 - Dancing With Lions (July 29-August 2 & August 5-9)

If you could visit China during Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) you’d be amazed by the huge variety of exciting festivities, music, fireworks and dancing which have been a part of the culture for thousands of years. During this camp session, your children will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin and live the excitement through lion dancing, Chinese yoyo performing, sword dancing and other traditional Chinese performing arts.

Session 4 - Jade, Paper, Scissors! (August 12-16 & 19-23)

China has had a long and glorious history when it comes to both art and traditional crafts. From Chinese brush-painting to origami, and paper-cutting to embroidery, students will learn Mandarin while doing all kinds of fun art projects and competing for prizes.

A Special Week for Little Pandas (July 8-12)

This week of immersion camp is dedicated to children ages 3 to 5 and is a concise form of our 4 session summer camp for older children. Learning Chinese through songs, games, dances, stories and selected cultural activities has never been so much fun!

A typical day of immersion at Marvelous Mandarin

- Greeting Time (Repetition of useful everyday phrases in Mandarin is very important)

- Circle Time (We start from Mandarin songs and end with learning new types of conversation each day)

- Lunch/Snack Time (We eat together and try to express our food likes, dislikes and habits in Mandarin)

- Chinese Cartoon Time (Before the movie we try to simulate various real-life situations like trying to buy tickets and snacks at the concession stand - all while speaking Mandarin)

- Culture Exploration Time (A great time for students to learn to express themselves in Mandarin while learning about another culture)

Additional Information
Sessions 1-4 Ages 5-11 (Kindergarten to 5th grade) Weekdays 9am - 2pm $430 per 2-week session ($390 for session 2)
Week for Little Pandas Ages 3-5 Weekdays 9am - 12pm $200

Tuition includes learning materials, all projects supplies, daily healthy snacks, T-shirts and special Chinese treats on Friday.

Summer Camp Enrollment

Click here to download the registration form and fill it out. You can either mail it back to us with the $100 deposit check (this deposit will go towards the total camp tuition) or visit us and sign up. We will call you to confirm registration as soon as we receive form and deposit. Please check availabilities after April 1st.

Call: 512-560-4837 or email: for any further questions regarding this camp.

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Great immersion program for kids! We recently moved to Austin and a search for Chinese immersion programs on google was not very fruitful. Luckily, the few results that came up brought my attention to Marvelous Mandarin. They have a wonderful (and affordable) summer immersion program. My daughter was in one of their 3 week programs and abacus math. Ms. Lan and her staff makes the program fun and interactive. I found my daughter singing and speaking in Mandarin at home, a feat considering I can barely get her to speak her other languages at home. There was no question that she would also be enrolled in their fall program.
- Isabella G. (mother of 10 y.o. Raquel)

Mrs. Lan is just one of the best. I have a seven year old daughter that goes to school at Wells Branch Elementary and attends Mrs. Lan's after-school immersion program. Not only is my daughter learning the language but she is immersed in the culture.
- Laurie C. (mother of 7 y.o. Kennedy)

My son attended a couple of classes so far and I have to say that I am very impressed by them. I am a Chinese, so I am very picky about Chinese programs out there. This one is by far the best one I have encountered.
- Aileen L. (mother of 5 y.o. Matthew)

Lu Lu is my daughter in the video“Marvelous Students”, and she only began in late August, 2011! She has been able to learn so much this school year, I can't imagine her being anywhere else. Thanks Ms. Lan!
- Nakeenya H. (mother of 9 y.o. Celeste)

Our three year-old son is a Little Panda in Ms. Lan's class. Laoshi Lan is patient with all the children and uses a lot of songs, games, and props to keep the attention of the little ones. She also creates recordings that my son begs to hear at bedtime and in the car. I worried that he couldn't learn Mandarin at such a young age with only one hour per week of instruction but we catch him teaching words to his trucks and dolls so I know it is sticking!
- Natalie L. (mother of 3 y.o. Evan)

I recommend Marvelous Mandarin and Selma Lan to anyone who desires to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture in a comfortable and fun atmosphere. She’s an excellent teacher who’s able to customize her classes based on your own personal goals. Thanks to Selma, I am learning and speaking conversational Mandarin in preparation of bringing my son home from China! She’s a highly educated professional with a great and willing heart to help. I want my son and I to expand our Chinese language skills with Selma. She’s wonderful with adults and children alike!
- Bonnie L. (adult student)